Secondary Award Winners

Over £230,000 donated to Hertfordshire Secondary Schools since January 2018
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Townsend Tackle Test Techniques!

We were very happy to fund Townsend’s bid for a motivation and revision/exam technique workshop last week.  Fixup Seminars will be delivering their GCSE Champions assembly and workshops to Year 11 which will include:

·       How to be a GCSE Champion 
·       Believing in yourself 
·       Confidence building to tackle challenges 
·       Goal setting  
·       Revision techniques 
·       Exam techniques 
·       Stress management 

Andy Still (Y11 Director of Learning) made a strong case for the course to hone those vital revision and examination technique skills needed to give pupils of all levels the very best chance of achieving their potential in external examinations.  In addition, the motivational aspect of the course and the fact that extra time and resources are being spent on them should help re-engage any pupils who are flagging or demotivated.

Andy also made the valid point that the skills and attitudes learned or strengthened during the sessions will help pupils in their future academic and work lives – there’s our longevity of benefit box ticked, right there!

We wish Andy and his cohort all the best in their preparations for the summer examinations.

Goffs Academy move the goalposts!

We were very pleased to award a PE minor award to Goffs Academy after a long time trying to coordinate schedules.  Kevin Yardley, Director of Income Generation, submitted a strong bid for two pairs of portable match goals for small-sided games to be used on their superb 3G pitch.

Kevin explained the popularity of small-sided games and the rapid increase of skills they foster.  The goals will help all pupils in the school, particularly those opting for football in GCSE PE assessment and their many after-school clubs, but the benefit extends much further.  Following confirmation of the   award, Goffs have begun arranging to act as a match and tournament hub for their local primary schools. The equipment will also attract even more community organisations to hire their pitch and thus generate more income to benefit the school.

We wish them well with their football and look forward to some photographs of their first 7 a-side tournament.

In November 2019, Kevin expalined the impact of the purchase....

The goals allowed us to host the local primary football tournaments meaning students from across the borough could enjoy the 3G pitch, our P.E. department benefited from the new equipment in lessons and after school clubs.

The Reach throw their hat into the ring!

Boxing seems to be becoming a popular form of exercise in schools and so we were delighted to fund a round of training from Boxercise for 8 staff at The Reach Free School.

As Matt Sutton, Head of PE, put it in his application: “the trained staff will be able to lead lessons for all students during our healthy and active lifestyles units of work, engaging them with classes that represent the real world of fitness. This will hopefully give them a lifelong interest in fitness and personal wellbeing.

Support staff will be able to incorporate the activities into our mentoring programme and students will be able to select it as an elective club. The mentoring programme would mean some of our most vulnerable students could be engaged to talk and grow in confidence from small group work with their designated members of staff.”

We were very impressed with The Reach’s programme of elective activities at the end of the normal school day and their commitment to foster a life-long enjoyment of exercise in all their pupils.  Extending boxing’s promotion of self-confidence coupled with self-discipline to small groups of vulnerable students greatly enhanced their bid, especially as they plan to have a non-PE mentor participate in the training.

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